OOIDA truck show: Guest speaker Ferro will also make driver awards

| 9/9/2013

The nation’s top trucking official, Anne Ferro, will attend OOIDA’s two-day 40th birthday blowout set for Oct. 18-19 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Ferro, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will be a guest speaker on Friday, Oct. 18, as well as help present OOIDA’s Safe Driver Awards.

The October event will also feature a great schedule of activities, truck beauty contest, food, kids’ area, awards and attendee competitions. There’ll be a beer garden and plenty of exhibitors representing truck, trailer, engine, component and parts manufacturers, as well as services catering to the heavy-duty truck industry. Some of the events and happenings held in conjunction with the show include educational seminars sponsored by OOIDA and other seminars from select vendors, as well as the St. Christopher Fund and the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network.

To promote healthy living habits, the Trucking Solutions Group will host a 1.5-mile walk during the show on Saturday.

A highway safety demonstration area will be hosted by the Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Motor Carriers Association. Attendees will be able to experience blind zones, inspections, touch-a-truck, driver training and a rollover simulator.

Recently, Lucas Oil and OOIDA announced that the main event concert on Friday night, Oct.18, will feature the legendary American progressive rock band “Kansas.” The Topeka band gained worldwide popularity in the 1970s with their albums and later with hit singles such as “Carry On Wayward Son” and “Dust in the Wind.” Coincidentally, this year marks the band’s 40th anniversary, too.

In addition, the show will feature artists like Leland Martin and Lindsay (Highway Angel) Lawler. Rock and blues music will fill the air from local premier talent, including the top Beatles tribute band, “Liverpool,” “Rock Paper Scissors,” “Dog House Daddies” and Eagles tribute band “Seven Bridges Road.”

How much does it cost to attend? All attendees must register for the event, but registration is free if done online by Sept. 30. After that the tickets are 10 bucks online or at the gate. You can register at ooidatruckshow.com.

If there is one thing the Kansas Speedway is not short of, it’s parking space. Free overnight truck or RV (self-contained) parking will be available for attendees, as well as free parking for those driving in for the day – either in your rig or passenger vehicles. Security and restroom facilities are provided. Information and maps indicating parking areas will be posted at ooidatruckshow.com in early August.

Although not officially part of OOIDA’s show, the Richard Petty Driving Experience will be in attendance at the Kansas Speedway during the show. If it’s been your dream to personally drive a NASCAR race car, here’s your chance. Or you can ride along with a professional instructor.

Be sure to visit the website often as additional special announcements and details will be posted in the near future.